Imperial College London

Dr Robbie M Parks

Faculty of MedicineSchool of Public Health

Honorary Research Associate



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709Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





Earth Institute post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University, New York:

I am an environmental epidemiologist. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at the Earth Institute, Columbia University, mentored by Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou at the Mailman School of Public Health.

I am primarily interested in understanding the impact that climate, weather, and air pollution has on mortality, nutrition and disease outcomes, and how these impacts may be different in sub-groups of a population. I am also interested in developing new (particularly Bayesian) statistical methods, relevant to these concerns.

I also aim to use my research capacity to pursue linked goals of social and climate justice.

In 2019, I earned my Ph.D from Imperial College London, where I was supervised by Majid Ezzati and Ralf Toumi. I also hold an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of Oxford.

In summer 2017, during my studies, I interned at the World Meteorological Organisation, a constituent part of the United Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. While interning, I became a founding member of the Global Heat Health Information Network.

I very much enjoy communicating my work to the public, and have been involved in several recent outreach projects, including in summer 2019 with GREEN SPACE

Oh, and I'm a musician, with my band Glitches and as a sound artist.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Parks RM, Anderson GB, Nethery RC, et al., 2021, Tropical cyclone exposure is associated with increased hospitalization rates in older adults, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-12

Kontis V, Bennett JE, Rashid T, et al., 2020, Magnitude, demographics and dynamics of the effect of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic on all-cause mortality in 21 industrialized countries, Nature Medicine, Vol:26, ISSN:1078-8956, Pages:1919-1928

Parks RM, Bennett JE, Tamura-Wicks H, et al., 2020, Anomalously warm temperatures are associated with increased injury deaths, Nature Medicine, Vol:26, ISSN:1078-8956, Pages:65-70

Bennett J, Tamura-Wicks H, Parks R, et al., 2019, Particulate matter air pollution and national and county life expectancy loss in the USA: a spatiotemporal analysis, PLOS Medicine, Vol:16, ISSN:1549-1277

Parks RM, Bennett J, Foreman K, et al., 2018, National and regional seasonal dynamics of all-cause and cause-specific mortality in the USA from 1980 to 2016, Elife, Vol:7, ISSN:2050-084X


Parks R, Mclaren M, Toumi R, et al., 2019, Experiences and lessons in managing water from Cape Town

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